Dear ILACHE Members and Friends,
ILACHE is pleased to announce our 28th Annual Professional and Student Development Conference: Together we rise: Promoting leadership, affirming identity, and demanding equity. Due to the pandemic, this year we will hold a two-day virtual conference on Thursday, April 15 through Friday, April 16, 2021. Our conference brings together students, families, faculty and staff throughout the State of Illinois to discuss Latino higher education issues.
This year’s conference addresses major concerns Latinos are facing in higher education and in society. The aggressive anti-immigrant, anti-Latino White nationalist agenda is finding its way into higher education. It appears in the form of deteriorating support of Latino initiatives and shifting discourses that attempt to redefine diversity, adopting modified forms of “melting pot” and efficiency perspectives aimed at erasing or diluting the presence of Latinos on campuses.
We hope you will join us virtually this year to contribute to this theme, share best practices, and connect with colleagues so that you may return to your institution with the tools necessary to continue to transform higher education.
Daniel López, Jr., Ph.D.